14 Tips for Booking a Luxury Villa in Goa

If you are going as a couple to Goa, first thing you want will be an escape from the usual hustle-bustle and the rumble of the domestic tourist crowd, which will be concentrated in Calangute and Baga areas, which unfortunately is the main tourist hub you want to visit first thing as well. One of the most convenient thing for you to do is to find an accomodation close to these areas and at the same time avoid the traffic.

Goa never fails to make an impression in your mind. Goa does seem a popular destination for all the teenagers in the country, however, it has a lot more to offer than shacks, cheap alcohol and bikini babes. Are you searching for a holiday villa in Goa? There are a number of options available for tourists all-round the year. With so many options to choose from, making the final decision may be tough.

Goa is very popular among the vacationers for its terrific scenic beauty, beaches and mouth-watering seafood items. Goa is also exceptionally well known for its delightful fish things and numerous vacationers and travelers getting enticed by those delicious seafood recipes. Apart from this, Goa is additionally considered as one of the mainstream shooting spots.

High rated places in North Goa are Baga, Calangute, Morzim, Vagator, Arpora beaches famosh for night life and their crowdy beaches. Anjuna in North Goa is famous for their market. You can taste the cheap market in Anjuna for shopping in the goan ways. Apart from the beaches, Agoda Fort, Rigus Fort, are some monuments for tourist attraction. You can get casinos as well in North Goa.

On the other hand, places to visit in South Goa for peace and clam environment are Colva beach, majodara beach, etc. People prefer North Goa for nightlife and fun where as people who need clam and peace prefer South Goa.

Goa is the hub of entertainment and parties in India for the youth and party-animals with the easy availability of ecstasy and alcohol. The smallest state has the most to offer to tourists when they engulf their tour in this fantastic land of fantasy. The tagline of Goa tourism reads, A 365 day holiday, and they are right. Goa is never boring as this state has it all from historic monuments to fancy beaches.

It goes without saying that Goa is an excellent destination for all types of travelers. Goa is best-known for its beaches with sun-kissed beaches, spirited shacks, trance parties, brilliant churches, superb forts, lip-smacking food, and a fine variety of hotels. Goa, the party capital of India guarantees you days of fun and leisure.

Booking a Luxury Villa in Goa

Here are few useful tips on how to make a decent reservation for your next vacation to the beach paradise:

1. Check Reviews

This is really important. It will help you know how the company has fared among its past customers. With access to the world of internet, it has become easier to find out testimonials and reviews in TripAdvisor. Many accommodation providers in Goa allow placing of reviews on their website. Make sure you check these out carefully. Look for customer satisfaction rate.

2. Experience in the Industry

The villa should hold experience of decent number of years of experience.

3. Sleeping Arrangements

It is very helpful to check clear pictures of rooms and know the number of beds available. You can book the villa once you go through the property.

4. Policy for Reservation at the Villa

Before booking a villa, you should check carefully all of the reservation policies. Make sure you are fully aware of the cancellation policy. Get information on the requirement of refundable deposit, check in and check out policy, and everything that comes to your mind.

5. Exact Location

You vacation may get spoiled if the distance of villa is very far from major landmarks and beaches in Goa. Make sure you are aware of the exact location of the villa before booking. Also check out nearby amenities. Famous beaches like Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Candolim are all located in North Goa.

South Goa is one the most popular destinations for weddings in India with the majority of 5-star hotels situated along the coastline with their private beaches. The beautiful serene gives a picture-perfect site for any bride’s dream wedding.

6. Discounts

Look for seasonal and other discounts before booking cheap villas in Goa. The rent should not exceed your budget. Checking this out will help you plan out the trip in a better way.

7. Ask Questions from Staff

You must always call or email to the villa representative prior to making payment. Make sure all details are in writing for your future reference. Use the official number listed on the website to make call. Check with the staff if what you need in the villa is available.

Ask about any additional charges, what is included in the price, the distance of villa from the beach, restaurants and supermarket. Whether the villa has a family-friendly, couple friendly, animal friendly, baby friendly environment. Whether the villa has a private pool, security of villa, facilities for cooking, availability of chef? What is the distance from airport or station, pickup options, internet access, parking space, and drinking water access.

8. Making Payments

There are a number of ways you can pay to book luxury villas in Goa. Many agents may ask for a non-refundable deposit. It is around 25% in most cases. The balance can be paid later or even directly on entry into the villa. For others, you can book a holiday home without giving an advance payment. For such deals, you can check by phone and confirm reservation.

There are some companies that ask for payments to be made directly to the bank account, card, PayPal, or Western Union. Since there are charges for paying directly to the bank from another nation, hence it is wise to use a debit or credit card. PayPal payment is also safe, fast and quick.

The payment should traceable. You must always insist on payment confirmation. Do not go ahead with a deal if you are asked to do instant money transfer through Western Union or Cash. Payments done as instant money transfer cannot be traced in a fraud. You may also go for websites offering info on holiday rental websites.

9. Skip the TV

It's a trap! Turning the TV on will kill at least one hour of sleep, sometimes a whole night. Just don't.

10. Be safe

For your own peace of mind, simply put the lock on as soon as you enter the room. I never any reason to worry, but it takes a second, doesn't cost anything, and it's one less thing to worry about.

11. Tame the noise

There's a certain number of items that may contribute to noise in your room. First, is the air conditioning / heating. Switch off. Sometimes, there's a fridge. Open it and dial it down to 0. Worst case, unplug it. Careful though: if it's a minibar from a high end hotel, they now have sensors capturing you opening it and you might get into trouble even if you didn't consume anything. Another tricky one: close the door to the restrooms. This tunes down the noise from other rooms and the eventual leaks.

12. Control the temperature

How to stay confortable during the night? Well, you have to plan accordingly. Set your temperature a little higher/lower than what you want and turn the system off before going to bed.

13. Get ready to wake up

In a lot of cases, people have a hard time sleeping in hotel because they worry about missing the alarm clock and they might be late for an important meeting or miss their flight. One rule here is to never trust the provided alarm clock. You can know for sure if the time and the alarm are AM or PM. To keep your mind at ease, either rely on your phone (properly charging) or ask the front desk for a wake up call. Don't be afraid of redundancy here. Better safe than sorry.

14. Turn off the lights

You might not be able to control the light coming from the corridor coming from under the door, but you can improve how the curtains block the light from the window. Most hotels provide special tools that people call “clothes hangers” and the beginners use to store their pants on. The secret is to clamp both sides of the blackout curtains with that special tool.

Keeping the above tips in mind will help you to book the best villa for Goa holidays.
Kalyan Panja